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Water Damage

5/11/2022 (Permalink)

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Tips

After any water damage situation, your primary focus should be safety first:

Some questions/ tips to think about:

  • Is it safe to stay in the house?
  • Electrical "slip and fall" hazards are some of the most preventable concerns
  • Wet materials can be very heavy. Be Careful!

Have A  Water Damage Emergency? Call (612) 444 -3336!

What To Do After Flooding

  • Remove excess water by mopping and blotting.
  • Wipe excess water from wood furniture after removal of lamps and tabletop items.
  • Remove and prop wet upholstery and cushions.
  • Turn air conditioning on for maximum drying in summer.
  • Remove colored rugs from wet carpeting.
  • Remove art objects to a safe, dry place.
  • Gather loose items from floors.

What NOT To Do After Flooding

  • Don't leave wet fabrics in place. Hang furs and leather goods.
  • Don't leave books, magazines or other colored items on wet carpet or floors.
  • Don't use your household vacuum to remove water.
  • Don't use television or other household appliances.
  • Don't turn on ceiling fixtures if ceiling is wet, and keep out of rooms where ceilings are sagging.

If your home suffers from water loss, SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake would love to help assist you! Reach us at (612) 444 - 3336!

Got Mold?

5/2/2022 (Permalink)

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Free Inspections

Every homeowner fears mold, it destroys home value and can wreak havoc on your health and pocketbook, but did you know there are ways to mold-proof your home. Here are some reasons you should look into mold-proofing.

1. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure 

Once mold gets a strong hold in your home it can be tricky to remove. Mold remediation can get expensive and the longer a mold problem lingers the more difficult and costly it is to get rid of. Mold proofing experts will let you know where your potential problems are so you can monitor and help you develop a solid plan of action creating a home environment difficult for mold to gain a stronghold.

 2. Protect Your Home’s Value

For property owners, a big reason to prevent mold is to maintain property values. If you wait until mold shows up, the value of your property can take a hit. Studies show the vast majority of the general market is resistant to buying a property with a previous mold history, there have been reports of property deprecations of up to 60% if a property has a history of mold. Preventing mold before it starts is the best way to keep your home value up.

 3. Protect your health

Mold grows where it is dark and damp, basically in places usually hidden. Once a mold situation becomes apparent it means there has been a mold problem for quite some time before.  In this time the mold can make you and your family sick, see our article on Mold Sickness. Protect your family’s health with mold prevention.

If you have any mold related concerns, please contact SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake at (612) 444-3336 today!

Cleanup & Restoration

4/25/2022 (Permalink)

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A basement can flood at any time, although flooding most often occurs during heavy rainfall. Basements are inherently prone to flooding because they are the lowest level of a building and are normally built partly or entirely below ground level. There are a number of reasons why your basement could flood, including: 

  • A blocked or failed sewer lateral pipe
  • Heavy rain causes surface water to pool around your home
  • Storm sewer backup
  • Sanitary sewer backup
  • Foundation drainage failure
  • Water supply-line break or hot-water tank failure
  • And many more

Have Questions about Basement Flooding?

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If flood water is not handled quickly and properly, it can jeopardize your health and safety, and cause severe damage to your home’s structure. Remember, the longer you wait, the worse the problem will get.

The bottom line: a flooded basement can jeopardize your health, safety, and your home’s integrity. It’s worth making a call to SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake and let our trained, professional crews handle the situation safely and correctly. We have earned the trust of hundreds of homeowners, business owners, and property professionals.

We are Flooded Basement Specialists:

  • We are Available 24 hours/7 days per week
  • We’re a Preferred Vendor to many National Insurance Companies
  • We Bill The Insurance Directly – One Less Thing For You To Worry About
  • Our Technicians are Highly-Trained in Water Restoration Techniques
  • We use s500 IICRC Restoration Standards
  • Advanced Inspection and Extraction Equipment

Basement Flooded? Call Us Today – We’re Ready To Help! (612) 444-3336.

Response Time

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

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Very Important

Experts have concluded that the first 24 to 48 hours after water damage are the most critical. This time frame is the most critical to help the prevention of permanent damage and growth of mold and bacteria. Proving the importance of getting the SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake team out to the scene in a quick time manner.

When the SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake team arrives, they will assess the extent of the water damage, and begin the process of removing all water and drying the affected area. Doing this in a quick manner will decrease the extent of damage caused by the water issue. Even though doing this in a quick manner will decrease the extent of damage, SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake will take moisture readings. By taking moisture readings we will be able to ensure that all areas are dry before moving to the repairing stage. Every step that we take will be to help decrease the number of repairs that need to be done.

However, if repairs are needed, SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake can complete these repairs due to having an in-home construction business. This is a great added feature that SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake has, making us a one-stop shop for all matters needed after water damage has occurred.

In conclusion, SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake is available 24/7 to make sure this happens in a quick manner. They understand the importance of time in all restoration matters.

If you are ever to experience any damage that needs the assistance of SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake's restoration expertise, CALL US! We can be reached at (612) 444-3336 anytime!

Tips From SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

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Tips To Prepare Your Business For A Flood

Rain showers have been a very popular topic the last month in Minnesota! As we have all been experiencing heavy rain falls at least once a week. That is why SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake is here to leave you some tips to prepare your business for the excessive amount of rain. It is better to get ahead of the rain, than behind it!

Plan An Evacuation Route

If the excess rain is to cause flooding it is important to have a safe route out of the building and on the roads to get one away from the event.

Create An Emergency Kit

Some items that one could include in this emergency kit are containers of clean water, non-perishable food, and first aid kit. Whatever you feel is necessary for your business.

Protect Important Information

All important documents should have backup copies - they should be placed in another area that would not be experiencing the damage. 

Keep Building Ready

To keep a building ready one must keep the gutters and storm drains clean to help minimize damage. 

Big Picture of the Idea

Create a comprehensive emergency plan to help prepare for an excess amount of rain and the damage it can cause. This way it will help to ensure that minimal damage will be caused.

All matters mentioned above are to help, but have no guarantees.

If you are to experience a water damage or loss to your building, call SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake (612) 444-3336! We will arrive as quick as possible to begin the process!

Septic Systems

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

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Why Do They Backup?

There are a number of reasons why these backups occur. One of the most common causes for this issue is the over usage in a small amount of time.

For instance, if you have guests that come over and stay for a week or two, it can lead to the cause of this occurring. The septic system is not designed for a heavy use environment and as a result, this will often lead to a drain field backing up and needing service to correct the problem.

There are other factors that will play a role in the failure of a drain field. One of the other most common of these is that of the wrong items being flushed down the toilet or placed in the garbage disposal.

This can be a difficult thing for a person that is not accustomed to a septic system to adjust to. Unlike a sewer system that almost anything can be flushed, you have a list of items that are never to be flushed down the system. These accumulate and clog up the system.

Depending on the level of the problem, you might be forced to replace the entire system to get it flowing again.

There are many other areas of concern that have to be explored if the previous ones have not been found to be the problem. One of these is the failure of the pipes that are part of the drain field system. This is often one of the overlooked issues that cause a backup in the drain field to occur.

These are just a few of the things that a homeowner needs to be on the outlook for when it is a matter of keeping their drain fields from backing up.

If your septic system backups, contact SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake to help. We are open 24/7 and can get your home back to normal. 

Reach us at (612) 444-3336!

Emergency Ready Profile

4/18/2022 (Permalink)

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ERP

SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake is dedicated to helping others when they are in an emergency situation. We are also dedicated to helping others before an emergency. SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake helps others before an emergency by going into businesses and creating an ERP. An ERP, Emergency READY Profile, is created by gathering information and documents that will be critical when an emergency occurs. We will also tag the businesses direct gas and water shut off.

Why the SERVPRO ERP?

* A  no cost assessment of your facility.

* It was designed to contain only the critical information needed in the event of an emergency.

* Establishes SERVPRO of St. Cloud as your disaster mitigation and restoration provider. 

* Identifies the line of command for authorizing work to begin.

* Provides facility details, such as shut-off valve locations, important areas, and priority contact information. 

This is a free service, if you are interested in getting your business prepared call SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake at (612) 444-3336 to set up a time! We are available 24/7!

Call SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake at (612) 444 - 3336!

2/16/2022 (Permalink)

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Frigid Weather Conditions

SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake is here to help when a disaster strikes. We are also here to help you prevent disaster from striking. With all of the frigid cold temperatures occurring everyone needs to be taking the appropriate steps to prevent this.

Any type of water line can freeze when it goes below 32 degrees. This occurs when the water inside the pipe freezes, the ice causes an increase in pressure, and when the pressure gets to high it bursts.

Steps to prevent this:

  • Assess Conditions
  • Adjust Habits
  • Add Insulation

Assess Conditions

One of the most important prevention tips is to make sure that your pipes are in optimal condition. This can be done by having a plumber inspect your pipes and replacing older pipes, if instructed. It is known that PEX tubing is more flexible than copper so it is less likely to freeze and burst.

Adjust Habits

People leave for vacation all of the time throughout the cold season. If you are to leave your home make sure to keep it at least above 60 degrees. Some other habits to practice are run your ceiling fans in reverse, keep garage doors shut, close outdoor vents, keep interior doors open, and disconnect all outdoor hoses.

Add Insulation

Some areas in a home are not temperature controlled, that is why it is smart to add insulation to these areas. These areas can be the attic, basement, and crawl space.

If the cold overhauls the prevention steps, call SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake to help at (612) 444-3336! We are available 24/7!

Mold Cleanup Is Important

2/16/2022 (Permalink)

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The world is full of many different types of mold – some not so bad but many can be dangerous. No matter the type of mold, every kind needs some kind of moisture in order to grow. No one wants to deal with the drama of a mold clean up, so use these tips to avoid mold growth in your home.

  • Empty small garbages daily
  • Use one centralized garbage that is properly sealed
  • Every week clear out old food from the fridge
  • Make sure to keep cutting boards clean by using vinegar
  • Utilizing the exhaust fan when cooking to avoid moisture build up
  • Check water sources for leaks and drips

As you maintain these habits, you will find your home to be a clean and enjoyable place. If you find mold, remember to have it treated by a professional.

Mold can be very dangerous, SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake is always here to help even the grossest clean outs.

Should you home or business be affected by mold, please contact SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake at (612) 444-3336 for professional help!

Fire Damage

2/16/2022 (Permalink)

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Fire Damage? Call SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake at (612) 444-3666!

It is always important to be up to date on fire safety issues that can help prevent fire damage to your residential or commercial property.

Think ahead! This will help you to prevent fire damage when burning wood in your fireplace or wood stove!

The chimney is not just a place to enjoy a warm fire, it can also heat appliances. The chimney is made to carry toxic carbon monoxide out of the house. That is why proper cleaning of the chimney can also help to prevent carbon monoxide gases from entering the home in the first place.

  • Have your chimney and flue cleaned by a professional. A dirty chimney or damaged flue can cause smoke damage.
  • Clean your woodstove and remove any clutter that has accumulated on or near the stove or fireplace
  • Be sure that your chimney, flue, bricks and mortar are all in good condition and that you don’t have more than one heating device in a single flue.

Test your smoke alarms and CO2 detectors!

Going along with chimney safety, you should also test all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms. One should also replace any worn out batteries. 

Make a fire safety plan!

In the event of a fire, know that time is the biggest enemy and every second counts! Make sure that you have a fire safely plan in place with all family members. It takes less than 30 seconds for a small flame to get completely out of control and turn into a major fire. A house can fill with thick black smoke and become engulfed in flames in just a few minutes. Designate a meeting location away from the home, but not necessarily across the street.

For example, meet under a specific tree or at the end of the driveway or front sidewalk to make sure everyone is out safely. Designate one person to go to a neighbor's home to phone the fire department.

If your residential or commercial property suffers water or fire damage, contact SERVPRO of Elk River, Becker and Big Lake to help!

We are available 24/7 at (612) 444-3666!